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A MESSAGE FROM SOUTH-AFRICA

I am standing on Devils Peak, looking out over Table Mountain, Lions Head and the Mothercity. Man this was a hike… Loved the view but I’m never hiking in the heat we hiked in again.

Once upon a time there was a big, broad river called Breërivier (Broad river in English). It crossed the Western Cape and contributed to greenery and life. Now, it’s sadly empty. Cape Town, where I am staying at the moment, is experiencing the worst droughts in years in the Western Cape. The dams that normally supply this region with fresh water are either empty, or sadly empty because of a lack of rain throughout the year. Citizens are limited to only 87 liters of water per day. To create some perspective: flushing the toilet takes 7 liters and in the Netherlands we use approximately 120 liters per day.

So we do everything to preserve the most precious source of all. Every drop counts. I learned how to shower under two minutes (tap open, sprinkle yourself as the water is still cold, close tap, apply soap and shampoo, tap open, done), we catch all the water and we don’t flush, not even in restaurants.

‘’If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down’’. Makes you think…why not? Every drop counts.

Meanwhile in the Netherlands it is raining cats and dogs. Big ones. Storming so hard, they had to take a lot of precautions so rivers wouldn’t overflow too much. And still some people say climate change is nonsense. Being in the middle of such climate changes is eye opening and frightening. It also makes it even more important to change the fashion industry, among other things, as this is still the second most polluting industry, just after oil.

Speaking about that, and jumping to a more positive topic: South Africa is filled with beautiful fashion. Shame that as a conscious fashionista I cannot buy all of it… I noticed a lot is locally made. Often you see people in a shop or on the streets busy with painting, creating or sewing what they sell. Little entrepreneurs that try to make a living. There are also a lot of handcraft and sustainable shops around the area, a real pleasure to visit. I made the agreement with myself to buy two things, and no more

Found this in one of the shops in Cape Town area. Loved to give this as a Christmas present to two Capetonian friends.

The African dress

Ever since I lived in South Africa two years ago, I’m in love with African prints and designs. It is so colourful and happy and you just cannot miss it. So I allowed myself to finally buy an African dress. As I am staying in the big Mothercity (Capetown) I had to find one at the shops here. I found an area with tons of craftsmanship stands in the Watershed at V&A Waterfront. This is where they also have stands where they sell traditional fashion. There was so much to choose from! Eventually with the help of a lady I picked one long skirt with a beautiful print that goes together with a ‘scarf’. She even adjusted the skirt on spot so it will fit perfectly! 

She was so helpful! In this picture she is busy adjusting my skirt.

I love this combination as it is chique, but also just happy enough to wear it walking down the streets. I will make a real entrance! I can play around with the scarf which can be worn as a top or as a hairwrap like in the picture below.

The All-In-One Sandals

At the same spot with all the little craftsman shops, is the shop of Galago. Galago sandals are a basic sole, on which you can clip different straps. I already owned a pear, and it turned out these are the only sandals I wear because I can match them with all my outfits. They are also so easy to take along on summer holidays. So I thought I deserved it to extend my inventory a little bit. I used to have blue and red colours for the straps, so I went for some earthy colours. Now I can create more combo’s!

Oh, and I cuddled an orphan baby giraffe! Just in time as he is soon to be released back into his natural habitat. Just couldn’t leave that out 🙂

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